By Alastair Hancock
Bevan French on playing at full-back for Wigan Warriors.
Full-back has scored three tries in the opening three rounds of the new Betfred Super League season.
- French: “My main goal individually is trying to be the best full-back I can be.”
After cementing a spot at full-back in the opening rounds of the 2020 season, Australian star Bevan French admits he looked up to and now attempts to model ex Wigan Warriors No.1 Matty Bowen.
Since arriving at the Club last July, French has nine tries in 11 appearances under Adrian Lam with three of those touchdowns coming in the first three games of the new Betfred Super League campaign.
And whilst setting high standards for himself, the 24-year-old believes he still has a lot to improve on after moving into the full-back position and replacing Zak Hardaker, who is currently playing in the centres.
French said: “My main goal individually is trying to be the best full-back I can be. Those sort of players, if you look at all the greats in the past, pop up in the right places at the right times, so that’s something I want to improve on moving forward. Fitness levels have got to be up to scratch and that’s something I will continue to work on this season.
“It’s about being more present on the ball and in the moment. The one (full-back) I related to the most was Matty Bowen and he was here (at Wigan) too. He was always quick off the mark and had a little big body and I try and take things out of his game into mine. Billy Slater too - the greatest of all time - I try and take what he’s done. I don’t think it comes down to one - you try and study a bit of what everyone has done.”
French has been voted the Sponsors Man of the Match for Wigan’s two opening home games so far and he says things can only get better with combinations, involving himself and his teammates, starting to take shape.
“There’s a few players in the squad that I look to build a few combinations with. Me, Jackson (Hastings) and Faz (Liam Farrell) are starting to form a little relationship on the edge and Lockers (Sean O’Loughlin) is another one I want to try and work on a bit more through the middle, but that will come over time.
“After pre-season we are still working out all the combinations. For me personally, I’m a lot more confident now after having done all the hard work in pre-season. Everyone knows their role and it showed on Thursday as we scored some points.”
Reflecting on Thursday’s win over Toronto Wolfpack, the full-back admits the Warriors are edging closer to where they want to be as a team.
“We were happy we came away with the two points but every week is a learning curve, so we have to take out what we’ve learned from this week and move forward.
“We’re not far off from we’re we want to be. The goal is to get an 80-minute game or close to that and then do that consistently.”
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